All About Extroversion

Extroverts make up about three-quarters of the American population, and as such come in all stripes. They zip through the world in search of novel experiences, social connections, and leadership opportunities. Extroversion is a core factor of personality and is difficult to modify. But generally speaking, the only people bothered by extroverts' volubility and drive are the introverted members of their circle!

Recent Posts on Extroversion


By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 A Sideways View
Is the world biased in favour of extraverts? We know a lot about the causes and consequences of being extraverted. So what is the underlying psychology of extraversion?

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

Attention Extroverts! Leave Me Alone!

By Steve Albrecht DBA on September 29, 2015 The Act of Violence
Being an Introvert in an Extrovert's world can be exhausting. Some rules between the two can help.

Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 2

In the first part of this interview, Andy Johnson, author of Introvert Revolution: Leading Authentically in a World That Says You Can’t, discusses misconceptions and biases surrounding introvert leadership. In this second part, he offers tools, tips, and more insights to help introvert leaders thrive in an extrovert*-centric world.

What Behaviors Do We Inherit via Genes?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 The Human Beast
A pervasive assumption in evolutionary psychology is that how we act is affected by the genes we carry. Is there good concrete evidence of this? Are our outcomes predetermined by our biology? The most intriguing findings on this issue come from twin studies.

Can You Change Your Personality?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Media Spotlight
A recent research study shows that people are able to make significant personality changes in just sixteen weeks. For example, people who wanted to become more extraverted tested as being higher in extraversion by the end of the study period. These changes can be measured by personality testing as well as behaviour changes.

5 Essential Tips for Introvert-Extrovert Couples

By Sophia Dembling on September 03, 2015 The Introvert's Corner
"Because introversion" is not the end of the discussion.

Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 1

Introverts, take the lead! So urges Andy Johnson, the introvert, leader, executive coach, and licensed counselor who wrote Introvert Revolution. Johnson is leading the charge to eradicate the bias against introvert leadership. In this first installment of a two-part series, he sheds light on the plight of the introvert leader.

How Introverts and Extroverts Can Make Professional Magic

Introverts and extroverts can achieve extraordinary results when they learn how to work together, according to author Jennifer Kahnweiler.

Study Decodes the 5 Types of Facebook Status Updates

Want to know your personality type? A new study says your Facebook page says it all.

The Underrated Importance of Being Playful

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 06, 2015 On Having Fun
What if playfulness were a survival skill?

Personality Research in Animals

One of the hottest topics in the field of animal behavior is the study of personality in nonhuman species.

Do Dog Owners Make Better Lovers? Some Scientific Answers

By Peg Streep on July 30, 2015 Tech Support
Some studies have shown that dog owners like to dominate but that they're also more sociable than people without pets or people who prefer cats. But did you know that the presence of a dog changes how we assess someone, even a stranger? That and more....

Donald Trump and Our Obsession With Narcissistic Leaders

By Ray Williams on July 28, 2015 Wired for Success
Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.

Regional Differences in Personality: Surprising Findings

Individual personality traits and the geographic region where one lives are correlated with important social outcomes. Research has found that personality traits are also geographically clustered in ways correlated with these same outcomes. Some of the results are surprising as the individual level and societal level correlates of personality can differ strikingly.

Dogs Can Predict Human Personality Traits

The symbiotic relationship between dogs and their owners has developed to the point where dogs can predict personality traits.

3 Lessons Everyone Should Learn From Introverts

By Jen Kim on June 01, 2015 Valley Girl With a Brain
Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, everyone can benefit from being quiet and thoughtful.

Reflections on ‘Montage of Heck’

Cobain is the poster child for emotional devastation. And yet, at the same time, there is something in his music which resonates powerfully with his generation. This documentary affords us a view as to how it all got established and played itself out – his pain, his shame, his his inability to relate, his drug addiction, his art, his suicide.

Do You Have the Personality of a Neanderthal?

Almost all of us have some Neanderthal in us. What can that tell us about how these ancient cousins of ours thought?

The Expert's Guide to People Watching

The art of people watching most likely dates back to earliest civilization. Putting psychology’s knowledge about nonverbal behavior to use can help you become a pro at this basic human pastime.

When Introverts and Extroverts Attract

If your love interest is your polar opposite, here are a few things you should know about introversion and extroversion.

Do We Necessarily Need to Be Social Animals?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 06, 2015 How To Do Life
An internal debate on how social to be, in and outside of work.

Do Promiscuous People Really Have Fewer Friends?

Promiscuity is highly stigmatized in our culture and we often believe that promiscuous people are socially ostracized and lonely. But while slut-shaming can be a serious problem and promiscuous people suffer more interpersonal discrimination and victimization, a new study shows they actually have more friends and feel less lonely.

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

The Surprising Psychology of BDSM Players

Contrary to the portrayal of Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey," BDSM aficionados are psychologically normal and healthy.

How Young Is Too Young?

Do you remember feeling pressure as a child to do better at school, fit in socially, or behave more appropriately? Making the right decision was not always as easy as adults and cheerful children's books sometimes painted it. Luckily, stumbling slow motion through a decade or so of dysfunctional days (aka natural childhood development) was an expected and accepted part...

Do Orcas Go Crazy Because of Petting Pools and False Hopes?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 Animal Emotions
Orcas who lived in petting pools show higher levels of aggression than other killer whales. This essay lays out the details of what is known about aggressive encounters and early experience. It is objectively clear that there is a correlation between “petting pool” history and significant later orca aggression. Now we need to know more about why this is so.

Ice Breakers: How to Warm Up a Training Group

There are some really interesting psychological games and exercises which can help you get any group going? Here, four of the best are described

What We Need Most From a Relationship

When you think about your ideal romantic partner, it’s not hard to generate that list of traits that describes your dream man or woman. And the closer your current partner is to those ideals, the happier you’ll be. But not all ideals are created equal. Partners who meet your ideals on certain types of traits are more likely to make you happy.